B-Tec Level 3 Diploma
Brief Description of the Course:
(NB: All programmes are based on credit accumulation. Each unit of study is worth either 5 or 10 credits towards the total amount needed to achieve the qualification).
The Academy offers opportunity to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) for students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of Football Studies encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Diploma students. The course incorporates a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises.
For learners with 4 GCSEs including English Language at Grade C, the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma has 6 units (60 Credits) of study and makes up the first year of the Level 3 Diploma qualification, 12 units (120 Credits) for learners that wish to study for 1 or 2 years. Students wishing to do the Level 3 Diploma over 2 years must have 4 GCSE’s at Grade C or above including English Language and Maths or Science or another Level 2 qualification at Merit level with a Key Skill at Level 2.
Applicants with at least 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above including English Language, Maths and Science or course specific (which could include Chemistry, Combined Science, Biology, Physics or PE etc) will be able to apply for the Level 3 Extended Diploma studied over 2 years requiring successful completion of 18 or more units (180 Credits).
Students will also receive training and assessment in a range of additional qualifications, which will enhance their employability.
The Jamie Carragher Academy combines academic sporting qualifications with practical skills development, coaching and competitive fixtures. The course is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of the sports industry, with a specific focus on football.
These courses give a good technical training and education providing a vocational alternative to A Levels and the opportunity for successful students to progress to Higher Education. Students are normally aged 16 or over and the following requirements are needed:
Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma – (60 credits in 1 year)
4 GCSEs including English Language at Grade C or above, or a Level 2 qualification (eg First Diploma at Pass level including at least 1 key skill at level 2 in either Application of Number or Communication), or equivalent qualifications.
Level 3 BTEC Diploma – (90 credits in 2 years)
4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including at least 1 in English Language and Maths or Science or a Level 2 qualification (eg First Diploma at Merit level including at least 1 key skill at level 2 in either Application of Number or Communication), or equivalent qualifications.
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma – (180 credits in 2 years)
5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English Language plus one course specific GCSE such as Science, Biology or PE or an Intermediate Level course (eg First Diploma at Distinction including at least 1 key skill at level 2 in either Application of Number or Communication), or equivalent qualifications.
List of Units:
Assessing Risk in Sport – Makes the learner aware of the vital nature of risk assessment and its management within the sports industry.
Exercise, Health and Lifestyle – Allows learners to assess the lifestyle of a football player, provide advice on lifestyle improvement and plan a health-related physical activity programme.
Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise – Provides an understanding of fitness testing and the importance of health screening and health monitoring tests.
Fitness Training and Programming – Looks at planning fitness training sessions and designing fitness training programmes for football.
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport – Explores the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and also the fundamentals of the energy systems.
Psychology for Sports Performance – Develops understanding of the psychological dimensions of football and develops techniques to improve sporting performance.
Physical education & the care for young children – Develop an understanding of teaching & instructing within a sports setting.
Sports Coaching – Develops understanding and knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, skills and techniques of a football coach and how to apply them whilst coaching and/or leading sports sessions.
Sports Injuries – Provides an overview of injury prevention, identification and basic treatment. The unit also explores differing rehabilitatory interventions for common sports injuries.
The Physiology of Fitness – Provides an opportunity to explore the body’s response to acute exercise and how the body adapts to long-term exercise participation.
The Athlete’s Lifestyle – Examines aspects of the athletes’ lifestyles, as well as duties that they will have to undertake as part of their professional role in rugby, for example public appearances, media interviews and financial management.
Organising Sports Events – Explores the concepts, knowledge, skills and qualities needed to successfully lead a football event.
Analysis of Sports Performance – Explores the performance demands of sport and how to analyse it.
Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise – Looks at designing, planning, delivering and reviewing exercise sessions which meet the needs of different client groups.
Practical Team Sports – Explores the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of team sports through practical participation.
Sports Nutrition – Provides a broad understanding of the importance of nutrition and hydration to a variety of sports participants.
Talent Identification and Development in Sport – Provides an understanding of the different predictors of talent and the ways of developing talent.
Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport – Enables learners to assess their own and others technical and tactical skills, and plan their own football development.
Rules, Regulations & Officiating in Sport – Looks at the rules of football and the roles and responsibilities of the officials.
All work is assessed via assignments, presentations, practicals and reports. There are no formal examinations at the end of the course.
Possible Careers / Jobs:
Employment opportunities in Football and its related industries are currently very good. The Subsidiary, Diploma and Extended Diploma Football Studies provide the experience for entry into the industry at an operational level with future prospects for management.
As a course equivalent to A Level the Level 3 BTEC Diploma is an ideal spring board for progression to a Foundation Degree or Full Degree depending on UCAS points gained.